June 28, 2022

There are several reasons why you might want to automate your home heating and air conditioning systems with one of the best smart thermostats for Alexa. Connected smart thermostats are an excellent investment whether for convenience, energy efficiency, or that “cool” factor. If you are in the Amazon ecosystem, there are a growing number of great options. The ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control is our top choice because it has Alexa built-in, includes a room sensor, and is easy to use.

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Believe it or not, it’s only been a couple of years since ecobee launched the ecobee4 with Alexa built-in. Before that, we had to talk to Alexa from another device, like cave people! But in all seriousness, the concept was a hit. And now, ecobee has followed up on the success of the ecobee4 with its newer SmartThermostat with Voice Control, which is comparable to the popular Google-friendly Nest Thermostat.

So what’s new or better, you may ask? It’s got a more modern, cleaner design with a more vivid touch display. It has a quad-core processor (yeah, in a thermostat!) and far-field voice recognition, so you don’t have to shout to lower the AC. And with that built-in Alexa goodness, you can ask the ecobee SmartThermostat for weather or news updates or even play your music with Spotify connect. Are we living in the Jetsons’ age or what?

Ecobee3 Lite

(Image credit: Source: Ecobee)

ecobee3 Lite Smart Thermostat

Alexa for less

Reasons to buy

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Works with any ecobee sensors

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Touchscreen

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Pairs easily and quickly with your existing Alexa devices

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Wires directly into your home

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Great value

Reasons to avoid

Getting long in the tooth

Even on sale, there are cheaper alternatives

No smart sensors included